Men's water polo earns seven student-athletes on 2011 Academic All-WWPA team.
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After wrapping-up a stellar four-year career, which included her best season as a senior in 2007, Cara Colton wasted not time in returning to the Lions as an assistant coach of the LMU Water Polo teams. Colton earned her degree in May of 2007 and in November of 2007 she was hired by her former head coach to become an assistant for the Lions.
The 2011 men's water polo season is her fifth year as an assistant coach.
Colton's four-year career at LMU was book-ended by a pair of stellar seasons. As a freshman she scored four goals in the NCAA National Championship game against USC, the first by any team in LMU history. Three years later, Colton became a team leader and was named first-team All-WWPA. She finishes her career ranked seventh all-time with 117 career goals and seventh with 44 career assists.
In 2007 she had the best season of her four-year career by ranking third on the team in goals with a career-best 57, the eighth most in LMU history. She set career-best marks in almost every stats category with 19 assists, 35 kick-outs drawn and nearly doubled her career season total with 69 steals. She became the fifth person in school history to score six or more goals in a game with six against Indiana (3/18/07).
As a junior she earned All-WWPA honorable mention honors with 25 goals in 51 attempts (49.0 percent), tying for fourth on the squad in scoring. She added 38 steals, 12 assists and 20 kickouts, good for second, first and third on the squad. As a sophomore in 2005, she finished the season with 15 goals on 37 attempts (40.5 percent), scoring a pair of goals in the NCAA tournament while played in all 37 games on the season, helping the Lions to a program-best 30-7 record. In 2004 she played in 29 of the Lions' 31 games as a true freshman, including both games in the NCAA Championships... earning valuable playing time, Colton scored 20 goals on 47 shots (.426 shooting percentage) and became a goal scorer for the Lions in the last part of the season, scoring 14 of her 20 goals in the last month of the season. She equalled an NCAA Championships mark with four goals in the NCAA title game against USC (5-9-04)...CIF selection as a freshman, junior and senior.
She is the daughter of Rinske and Keith Colton and has three brothers, Joseph, Jeff and Jonathan. Jon joined the Lions this season as a transfer from Cal. She earned her degree in Liberal Studies major with a concentration in Kinesiology.